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Pat Metheny

Upcoming Release: ROAD TO THE SUN

On his latest album, Road To The Sun, Pat Metheny surprises us once again with his seemingly endless ability to harvest new vistas while retaining the instantly recognizable Metheny sound.

 

With two major new works, performed by five of the world ́s leading guitarists, Metheny charts a new way of obliterating boundaries between genres while simultaneously unveiling new facets of an already expansive personal language.

 

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” was tapped by Metheny to perform his four-movement solo guitar suite Four Paths Of Light.

 

The centerpiece of this landmark recording is Road To The Sun, a six-movement piece for fellow Grammy-award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet LAGQ – Metheny describes them as “one of the best bands in the world”.

 

In the end, Road To The Sun is nothing if not another truly great Pat Metheny record. It will rank alongside Secret Story, Bright Size Life, 80/81,One Quiet Night, Still Life (talking), Song X, and all the rest as being yet another unexpected and almost willfully inscrutable plot twist, inevitable to a genre with only one common element: Metheny himself.

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Releasing over forty albums throughout his illustrious career, 20-time Grammy Award winner, Metheny is the only artist to be awarded Grammys in 12 different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, and Best Instrumental Composition, among others.

 

First bursting onto the international scene in 1974, his unbounded musical range is nearly without peer. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie while seamlessly projecting his own identity regardless of setting.

 

Born into a musical family, Metheny started on trumpet at the age of 8 before switching to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in his hometown of Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age.

 

By the age of 18, he became the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami. At 19, he became the youngest teacher ever at the Berklee College of Music, where he also received an honorary doctorate more than twenty years later (1996).

 

Over the years, Metheny has garnered widespread acclaim from critics and peers, winning countless polls as Best Jazz Guitarist and awards, including three Gold-certified albums for Still Life (Talking), Letter From Home, and Secret Story. While the only artist to have been awarded 20 Grammy Awards in 12 different categories, his band The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums. In 2013, Metheny was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame being only one of four guitarists to be included, joining Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery. In 2018, Metheny became an NEA Jazz Master, the highest honor awarded to a jazz musician in the USA.